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The Pumpkin Patch

Our Pumpkin Patch will open on October 3, 2020 and run through October 31, 2020.

Hours:

Monday- Friday 3 PM – 7 PM

Saturdays 9AM- 7PM

Sunday: 12 PM – 7 PM

*cash, checks, and credit cards*

Pumpkin Unloading Saturday,  October 3, 2020

We are all going to be wearing masks and socially distanced. Please bring your own water and mask!

Our pumpkins will arrive Saturday, October 3! We need ALL youth and families to help unload. We will unload rain or shine. Meet in the Parking Lot at 9 and we will have Pizza to celebrate the start of the sale. The truck will already be unloaded, SO NO ASSEMBLY LINE THIS YEAR! The pumpkins will be on pallets in the front of the church on the yard and small team of volunteers will unload the pumpkins and set them on the yard. Wear or bring old clothes and tennis shoes.   NOTE:  Pumpkin unloading does NOT count as one of your required sales shifts!

Pumpkin Selling – What You Need to Know

  1. Every youth does 3 shifts. One shift must be on a weekend.
  2. One adult per family does 3 shifts. One shift must be on a weekend. If the family has more than 1 child in youth group, they are not required to do 3 shifts for each child. HOWEVER, they are strongly encouraged to do more than just 3 total.
  3. All youth and youth families are asked to help with pumpkin unloading on October 3 at 9:00.
  4. The first full weekend (October 11/9/2020) is especially busy and needs the most help.
  5. If you do all required shifts, you earn a Pumpkin Credit, which is $100 towards one trip. You must still pay any deposit associated with the trip. Credit cannot be split across multiple trips. Credit must be used before next year’s pumpkin patch.
  6. Families and youth sign up for shifts on Sign-Up Genius.
  7. At the patch, detailed instructions are in the big pumpkin notebook.
  8. People who have the closing shift will be contacted by a pumpkin mama, who will give directions for closing procedures.
  9. Youth DO NOT touch the cash box.
  10. Youth should always either be out in the patch assisting customers or helping turn the pumpkins – not sitting down at the table with the cell phones.

 

Addressing COVID-19 and Safety Concerns

This year will be very different than previous years for selling pumpkins. Below are precautions we are taking to ensure all participants (workers and guests) are safe and following Highland’s policy in response to COVID-19.

  • Signs for social distancing
  • Completely Outdoor
  • Restricted hours
  • Hand sanitizer (gallons)
  • Free disposable masks
  • No contact unloading
  • Masked workers
  • Socially distanced workers
  • Daily sanitation

 

Why Do We Sell Pumpkins?

Pumpkin sales are a long-standing tradition (25 plus years) at Highland as a fundraiser for the youth program.  The youth program is a line item in the church budget, meaning that we receive funds from the church just as other groups do; however, our youth program is large and busy and we cannot operate on just the funds we receive through the regular church budget.

People in the area near Highland come each year to buy pumpkins from us.  They look forward to taking photos of their children in the pumpkin patch, and we have families who have come for many years and have photos of their kids each Halloween at Highland!  It is an opportunity to share about our church as people ask questions about the youth program and other events!

 

Where Do We Get the Pumpkins?

Our pumpkins come from a native American reservation in New Mexico.  Our pumpkin sales support the people living on the reservation who farm the pumpkins for a living.

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